Part of Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue to close for three months

The lanes closure is being prompted by underground water system work and upgrades to the stretch between Burtch Road and Lakeview Street.

Drivers who use a portion of Bernard Avenue are being advised to find a new route for the next three months.

That’s because the westbound lane between Burtch Road and Lakeview Street will be closed for water system and road upgrades starting Monday, May 9. As of 7 a.m that day, the lane will be closed until August to allow for the work.

According to Kelonwa city hall, the eastbound lane and the intersection of Bernard and Burtch will remain open but on-street parking will not be permitted within the project limits during construction.

Motorists are being told to use detour routes along Clement Avenue, Mountain Avenue or Highway 97.

Pedestrians and cyclists are also encouraged to use alternate routes due to uneven surfaces.

Also starting Monday, but only running until May 19, Springfield Road from Benvoulin Road to Ziprick Road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in order to allow for road resurfacing.

The city says all lanes will reopened after 5 p.m. each day.

Weather permitting, the daytime repaving will occur on May 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26. Work on the intersection of Springfield Road and Dilworth Drive is expected to occur during the evening hours of 6 p.m. to midnight May 26.

Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes during the work.

As it usually does in such cases, the city is telling all those who will travel through the construction area to obey signs and onsite traffic safety personnel.

The city’s pavement management program prioritizes road repair to extend the life of existing city streets.

This year’s program includes 11 road segments and more than eight kilometres of resurfacing.